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Clinton ramps up defense of Planned Parenthood in meeting with Des Moines Register editorial board

by | Sep 24, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton

The headlines earlier this week were all about how Hillary Clinton had broken her silence and announced her opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

But from the single-issue pro-life perspective, the truly interesting development was how she continues to ratchet up her defense of Planned Parenthood in an interview with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register.

A questioner asked Clinton to expand on her criticisms of what GOP presidential contenders said about Planned Parenthood in the second Republican debate. As NRL News Today reported, they were unstinting in their critique of the nation’s largest abortion provider and repeatedly cited the ten undercover videos taken by the Center for Medical Progress.

To the pro-abortion former Secretary of State, this was just “the Republicans trying to inflame their base against Planned Parenthood.” Let’s quote what Clinton said and then respond.

“I defend, and I will continue to defend, Planned Parenthood, because services that Planned Parenthood provides are broad, and necessary for millions of American women. Five hundred thousand breast screening exams. A lot of other screening programs that are carried out. Family planning and contraception, testing for HIV AIDS.

And the Republican have made it clear in recent years that they are not only opposed to abortion, which they have been for quite some time, they’re increasingly opposed to family planning and contraception. This is a direct assault on a woman’s right to choose health care. Forget about abortion, which is something that a limited number of Planned Parenthood facilities perform, with not a penny of federal money.

The money they want to cut off…is money that goes to health services. That is why it’s important that we continue to try to educate the public and draw a very clear line in defense of Planned Parenthood.”

Three quick points. First, the videos used to “inflame the base”—are these the same videos of which Clinton said during a sit-down interview in late July with the New Hampshire Union Leader, “I have seen pictures from them and obviously find them disturbing”?

That would be yes.

Second, pro-abortionists always act as if Planned Parenthood is the only health provider. If federal funding is suspended for one year, that money would be rerouted elsewhere. And PPFA does have a choice: it could discontinue providing elective abortions.


Third, speaking of “draw[ing] a very clear line,” Clinton blurs every line in her here, there, and everywhere defense of PPFA. The issue is not, as noted above, family planning. It’s abortion, no matter how many times Clinton wants to pretend as if abortion and “health care” are synonymous.

As we have documented dozens of times there is a long-standing mutual admiration society between Clinton and Planned Parenthood. As a reminder, we’re reposting the article written by NRLC’s Dr. Randall K. O’Bannon when Clinton officially announced her candidacy.

Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton, and abortion—three peas in a deadly pod.

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